Quick Guide: How to Safely Clean your Screens

Learn how to safely clean your screens!
Electronics are a part of our lives. With constant use, dust, dirt and fingerprints are bound to build up on those screens. But you can't just grab a bottle of Glass Cleaner and spray away. Removing dust and dirt from electronic screens requires the right tools as well as the right touch. 

Whether you’re trying to keep the dust particles off of your computer monitor, or the fingerprints off of your iPad, when you clean them incorrectly it could damage them permanently. There are many sites on the internest giving incorrect information on this! Here is our quick guide to safely cleaning your screens.
Cleaning screens correctly will extend its life and keep it from malfunctioning. Dust is one thing, but grease, dirt and oils from your (or your kid's) fingers, is another story. So here are the top two things you DON'T want to do:
  • DON'T spray glass cleaner or any other fluid, (especially  alcohol or ammonia-based) directly onto the screen. Modern flat screen monitors are made with layers of material including plastics, glass, adhesives, display elements, and other materials. When any liquid touches the edges of these screens, the liquid can very easily leak and work its way inside and in between the layers. In addition, alcohol and ammonia can strip the coatings from these layers and cause clouding and other damage to your monitor
  • DON'T use paper towels, tissues, old socks or other scratchy cleaning cloths. Modern display screens are very delicate. Paper towels socks and old t-shirts are not designed for cleaning delicate surfaces. They are somewhat abrasive and can cause scratches, smears and buffed out areas on your monitor.

We also do not recommend any generic "screen cleaners" that don't have ingredients listed on the label. These may contain alcohol or ammonia and will shorten the life of your screen.

We recommend that the single best way to keep your screens clean is to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place, by NOT touching them with your fingers, by not eating or drinking food around them, by not letting kids use them as toys, and by keeping them covered or in their sleeves when not in use. 

It is important to note that your screen should be "off" and cooled as you clean it to avoid any malfunctioning. 

Use a clean microfiber cloth to dust your screen first, using a gentle and smooth "left to right motion", to remove the bulk of the particles. We recommend using the SAME soft cloth, with no cleaning fluids on it, to clean your screen every time. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing as this could cause dull scratched areas.

If after dusting, oily fingerprints remain, take a small amount of distilled water, sprayed on your clean microfiber cloth, and gently wipe screen again. Distilled water will not leave mineral deposits, and as long as your cloth is damp-not soaking wet-you can safely clean fingerprints with it. (Remember to NOT spray distilled water into your screen-as you do not want it dripping down in between your screen layers.) If any dampness remains on your screen after wiping, dry it completely with a clean & dry microfiber cloth.

If stubborn prints remain on your screen after dusting and using distilled water, try mixing a tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons distilled water, apply to cleaning cloth and repeating as above. Dry completely.

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